Can reading improve your health? According to science, it sure can. Sally Allen, award-winning author of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers (Griffin's Wharf, 2015), will be featured in the Wellness Education Series on Friday, Sept. 21, noon to 1 p.m.  at the Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road. In Allen’s presentation, The Health Benefits of Reading”she’ll address a variety of ways reading can positively affect your well-being. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and door prize drawing for a literary gift basket. Reservations via phone are encouraged at 203-431-2755 or to book your spot(s). Walk-ins are welcome.

Sally Allen has always loved books, almost to a fault. At the age of eight, she was nearly sent home from a friend’s birthday party for reading during the festivities. Allen is an avid reader, writer, college instructor, book group moderator, and founder and editor of the book news website, Books, Ink at Hamlethub.

Allen’s parents, both reading enthusiasts, encouraged her to embrace books from an early age. She credits her favorite childhood reads, such as E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, with inspiring her to write.

“Writing about the books I loved, and sometimes writing myself into the stories, became a way to understand and connect with them,” said Allen. “As I studied and wrote about literature in school and then for the public, my connection through writing broadened to include connecting with other readers.”

Allen holds a PhD in English education and a master of arts in English literature and has taught expository writing, literature and communications to undergraduates at New York University, Fairfield University and Post University. In addition, the author facilitates private book group discussions. Her writing about books has appeared in print and online magazines and news sites. Allen’s experiences as a reader, writer and teacher collectively led her to the creation and release of Unlocking Worlds.

“I’m excited to appear at the Ridgefield Recreation Center to share ways in which books can enrich lives and improve health. My joy, whether through writing my book, serving as editor of Books, Ink or leading presentations such as this Wellness Education Talk, is to generate conversation with and among book lovers,” said Allen.

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